After leaving a certain establishment the other day, my husband mentioned that of all of the particular food items of the sort he had just consumed, said establishment had the best.
A seed was planted in my mind: why not do a "Best of" feature on my blog and feature some of our favorite items from local restaurants?
For the first edition, I defer to my husband, as I am not a connoisseur of this particular food item: chili dogs.
My husband will sample a dog with chili on it pretty much anywhere they are on the menu. He's had them at Vertucci's Chicago Style Eats in East Peoria; Emo's Dairy Mart and Velvet Freeze in Peoria; Joe Rogers' Original Recipe Chili Parlor in Springfield; but in his opinion, none top the Hofbrau in Peoria.
Yes, the Hofbrau, German restaurant and bier stube extraordinaire has chili dogs on their menu, available during lunch hours Tuesday-Saturday.
What makes these chili dogs top dog, you may wonder?
First, it's the dog itself. The Hofbrau uses Eisenberg gourmet frankfurters, "made from the finest cuts of USDA inspected beef, seasoned with fresh spices and delicately smoked...add no fillers or sugar...guaranteed a top quality dog every time".
The dogs are nicely broiled, nestled in a soft bun, and topped with an all meat chili. They'll even throw on some chopped onions at your request.
If you enjoy a good chili dog and haven't tried them, think outside of the bun and give the Hofbrau a try.